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Second Life

Periodically, I play around with Second Life. I’ve yet to cross the threshold from “this is neat” to “addiction”. Educators have been discussing it as a possible tool for learning, collaboration, and “internet-age” instruction. Terry Anderson provides a useful overview of his experience with Second Life: ” The capacity to create spaces in which multiple forms of human discourse can flourish, while still retaining access to the Net’s resources is very compelling. I imagine that in a dedicated learning environment, the avatars may more closely resemble their human owners, much as anonymity has not been a big feature of online learning.”
Mark Oehlert also links to a list of top 20 education-related Second Life locations